August 2006 ///

Special Focus

New rig construction targets onshore unconventional resources

Unconventional onshore US drilling is driving mergers, rig utilization, drilling technologies and innovative rig designs for improvements in productivity.

North American drilling: Is the sky the limit?

Some combination of greed, ingenuity and market forces - along with $75 oil - compels folks to scrape together rigs and drill, drill, drill.

North American offshore rig count declining in a boom market

Global offshore rig demand is high, yet working counts in the US Gulf and offshore Canada are in decline.

Features

Barnett Shale fracture fairways aid exploration and production

Fracture treatments in the Barnett are complex and of tremendous surface area.

Barnett Shale operators refine geo-steering

Geo-steering software builds a coherent structural picture along the wellpath.

Coalbed methane activity expands further in North America

Although production and reserves growth has slowed, drilling is at a high level.

Controlling high fines production in high-volume gas wells

Laminated sands were controlled with a unique openhole gravel pack.

Huge heavy oil recovery potential being realized in Arctic fields

WAG and other advanced technologies are enabling Alaskan heavy oil production.

Mature Colombian field improved with dual stimulation

A combination of acid and propped fracturing added production and reserves.

New API labeling describes shale shaker screens

New, straightforward definition of screen size pass-through.

Proppants raise the curve for coalbed methane production

Study used public data from 100 wells in Alberta's Horseshoe Canyon.

Undeveloped US oil resources: A big target for enhanced oil recovery

EOR technologies could recover an additional 210 billion barrels.

Special Report

Petroleum Technology Digest: Hydraulic jet pumps prove well suited for remote Canadian field

Limited access meant artificial lift must be reliable, safe and lift large volumes.

Columns

Drilling advances

Solving that age-old problem of lost circulation

Editorial Comment

US gas prices: Bulls, bears and bankers

International Politics

Good or bad, energy-oriented bills are multiplying

What's new in production

Azerbaijan's petroleum leaks are now unburied treasure

What's new in exploration

Safer batteries; New data sources

News & Resources

Companies in the news

 

Acquisitions, mergers, ventures and other company news

Industry at a glance

In June, IEA increased its 2006 world oil demand forecast by 1.2 million bpd, to total 84.8 million bpd.

New products

 

New product and service offerings from company press releases.

People in industry

 

Personnel changes and promotions in the petroleum industry

World of Oil

International News in the Oil and Gas Industry

Supplement

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